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Report: Mets considering demoting Ike Davis

May 18, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

Ike Davis, Marvin Hudson AP

UPDATE: Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the New York Post this afternoon that there’s no deadline for a decision to be made on Davis’ status.

10:10 AM: Ike Davis finally broke his 0-for-24 hitless streak yesterday with a single to center field in the sixth inning, but he’s still at risk for being sent to the minors. In fact, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that discussion of a demotion has “only intensified” and that he might not be given much more than this weekend to turn things around.

Davis is hitting just .160/.245/267 with four homers and 46 strikeouts through 147 plate appearances this season. Only Aaron Hicks and B.J. Upton have a lower batting average among qualified hitters. The 26-year-old first baseman also got off to a slow start last season, but the Mets stuck with him through his struggles and he hit .253 with 27 homers, 69 RBI and an .878 OPS after the start of June. However, he might not get such a long leash again.

According to Rubin, the front office appears to be more in favor of a demotion than manager Terry Collins, who lobbied to keep Davis in the majors last year. One possible hint that a move is coming is that Andrew Brown started at first base last night for Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets would also have the option of moving Lucas Duda to first base, though they likely want him to continue to get regular work in left field.

  1. dondada10 - May 18, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    What a mess.

    Duda should be at first, as he is a train wreck in the outfield.

    Daniel Murphy, defensively, is probably the best first-baseman on the roster.

    Wilmer Flores, who should be at third, has started taking reps at first at Vegas.

    And Davis continues to bat clean-up.

    I would just start Harvey at first on his off-days. Let his awesomeness radiate throughout the line-up.

    • michaelmcqueen2013 - May 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      That will not solve the problem. The real problem is Ike will not make adjustmets at the plate. The league has figured him out. Down and in breaking pitches with two strikes, fastball up and away early in the count. He must cut down on his swing with two strikes and look away and adjust inside. He absolutely must move a bit closer to the plate for now. His is quick inside. Make them jam him but make contact. Take away the outer half of the plate. This should atleast cut down on the strike outs. Wait a bit longer to read the pitch. Make them throw more fastballs that he can hit. If he does not make some type of change at the plate, he will be done as a major league player in less than two years.

  2. 13arod - May 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    i think it would be best if the would part ways with him he maybe needs a different team to be good again

  3. chill1184 - May 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    What can Brown do for you? Hit better than Ike Davis

  4. thebadguyswon - May 18, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Good. Get him out of sight.

  5. richyballgame - May 19, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    I think he’s probably putting way too much pressure on himself,sending him down to AAA should help him get his swing back.

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